Thursday, July 3, 2014

TBT - Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Liza.  You will forever be missed.

I'm also wishing America a happy birthday!  I hope everyone has a fun & happy Independence Day. I'll be spending the day at work, assuming hurricane Arthur doesn't cause too much trouble.  One nice thing about working on July 4th will be free front row seating for an awesome fireworks display without the hassle of looking for a parking space.

Since I'm working tomorrow (July 4th,) and Mike will likely be spending the day doing storm damage service calls, we are celebrating today.  Or at least trying to.  Our food may be soggy, but watching Mike try to grill in a pre-hurricane thunderstorm is rather entertaining.

As far as knitting news goes, I haven't made any photo-worthy progress.  I've only completed a few rounds on the Christmas socks.  I've been focusing on the Allegro sweater and am only two rows away from putting the sleeves on stitch holders.  (It's a top down, raglan...)  Once the sleeve stitches are gone, the knitting should go faster.

Once again, I hope you have a wonderful, safe Independence Day!  I'm off to eat soggy barbequed chicken.  It may be wet, but it sure does smell good!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

TBT - The Barbie Jeep

Because yesterday was our 21st anniversary & I'm still all googly eyes for my husband, today's Throwback Thursday picture is spouse related.

Mike's Barbie jeep.  Although it was a total piece of cr@p, I loved that jeep!  Mike traded a canoe for the jeep back in the days of frequent fishing trips to the Outer Banks.  It was plastered with surfing & fishing bumper stickers & the cargo area had been sprayed with that foam insulation stuff so it acted like a huge, gigantic cooler.  The problem was, it barely ran & the floorboards were so rusted out you risked road-burn on your feet.  Sadly, Mike never did take it fishing.  Mostly, the Barbie jeep just took up space in our driveway & eventually, Mike traded it for new seats for  his pickup truck.

In knitting news, well, there's not a whole lot of news.  I finally turned the heel & knit the gusset for  the second Christmas sock.  I haven't had a lot of time to knit on it at work & I started a new at-home project that's getting all my attention.

The new at-home project is Allegro.  I'm not very far into the knitting of it either, but....   Allegro is one of those serendipitous projects that just seemed to fall from the sky when I needed it.  I knew I wanted to knit myself a simple dark blue cardigan but I didn't have a pattern in mind.  I guesstimated how much yarn I'd need & placed my KnitPicks order.  The day after the yarn arrived, an ad for Allegro showed up in my in-box.  It was the perfect pattern!  It was a simple pattern, yet has an interesting cable feature on the back.  The cable draws the sweater inwards at the waist which is also perfect.  (I have wide man-shoulders & I end up looking like I'm wearing a sack sometimes.)  AND, the pattern calls for the exact yarn & yardage I had ordered from KnitPicks.  Now, let's just hope the pattern's yardage requirements are correct.  Keep your fingers crossed!

As you can see, I'm not very far along on the project.  Actually, I'm further along than it looks like.  It's top down, all in one piece so although I've only knit about 8 inches, that's 8 inches on the fronts, back & sleeves.  I'm slightly worried because I've already used 2 full skeins, but again, those 2 skeins knit both fronts, the sleeves & the back.  I'm telling myself I'll have enough yarn & keeping my fingers crossed really, really tightly.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

TBT - the honeymoon is over

It's Throwback Thursday & since our wedding anniversary is only a few days away, I thought I'd celebrate the day with a 21 year old picture of my husband.

Our honeymoon was not your typical honeymoon.  No fantastic trips to Hawaii, Paris or even Niagara Falls for us.  We spent two days at some lake I can't even remember the name of.  Mike fished & I sat in the sun with my toes in the sand.  It was wonderfully relaxing.  Then we drove home & on the way, we stopped & picked up Mike's backhoe & spent the rest of the week clearing the lot his parents had given us for a wedding present.  This picture was taken not long after.

And if you are wondering, the truck's name is Big Red.  She's not quite that shiny these days, but she's still on the road.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Move to the city

This city girl turned country girl is ready to return to city living.  Yes, the country life is relaxing and there's a lot less traffic & only one stoplight.  But the wildlife!  OMG!   There's just too much wildlife here.  Since the bat incident two weeks ago, I've seen more deer & rabbits than I can count.  Deer & rabbits are fine as long as I'm not trying to garden, which I'm not.  Due to the deer & rabbits, I finally gave up that ambition.  We've also given up using our front door due to the insistence of a group of hornets & wasps.  They are both determined to make our front porch their home.   I've also seen something large & dark with green, glowing eyes run across the road, a bobcat, a coyote and multiple snakes.  One of which was a large copperhead.  A large copperhead between our hot car full of groceries & our back door.  In order to protect the ice cream, we had to brave the wasps & hornets.  And then there's the bear that lives in our woods.  I haven't seen the bear recently, but he/she's out there somewhere.  And today, ants are trying to take over the house.  And let me tell you, nice, earth-friendly, non-toxic bathroom cleaning spray does not begin to work as well as Windex for killing ants.  The ants seem to be flocking towards it instead of running from it.  Perhaps it's the nice minty scent.  What ever.  It may clean mold, but it sure doesn't kill ants!

One more wild creature, just one, & I'm packing my yarn and moving back to the city!

In knitting news, I'm proud to say that I'm not suffering (badly) from second sock syndrome.

I had a rather fun day at work the other day & got quite a bit accomplished.  The day was spent training someone so other than about an hour of explaining what to do, the rest of the shift was spent sitting & knitting & being available in case the trainee had questions or ran into problems.  And because I'm a master trainer (in my own mind at least) she had no questions or problems.  Thus, I'm almost ready to start the heel.

Now, if I can only convince work that I need to train someone else, I may actually finish the Christmas sock before Christmas.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I'm so excited

I'm so excited & I just can't hide it....  Okay, so yes.  The Pointer Sisters' lyrics are stuck in my head.

Why am I so excited?  Because my most recent KnitPicks order arrived.  Of course I'm excited - new yarn!  But do you know what I'm even more excited about?  The freebie gift package they sent along with my order.

When I ordered, KnitPicks was offering a free knitting tools set with purchases of $25 or more.  Of course I took them up on their offer.  I didn't pay any attention to what was in the set, I just saw that it was a freebie & used the coupon code.

But when I opened the big giant box of yummy yarns they sent, imagine my surprise when I was more excited about one tiny thing in the freebie package than I was about the whole big box of yarn.

Can you guess which item it is that's making me do my Pointer Sisters imitation?

It's that tiny lace weight sized tapered sewing needle.

First, I LOVE my old tapered sewing needle.  I've had the same, one needle for 20+ years.  I guard it with my life.  I'm more protective of that needle than I am of my wallet.  But it's big.  A little thicker than the biggest needle in the KnitPicks freebie package.  I don't often knit with thick yarn.  I knit mostly with fingering weight yarns.  (Worsted or bulky weights tend to make my carpal tunnel scream.)  It's a major pain in the butt to sew fingering weight yarn seams or weave in loose ends with that big eyed needle.  The yarn is constantly falling out of the needle.  But that tiny little lace weight tapered needle....  That baby is going to see some action!

I'm so excited....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Monogamous knitting

I recently blogged about my poor attempt at adulterous knitting.  It turns out, monogamy is the way I roll.   And after thinking about it, I really do live a monogamous life.  One knitting project at a time.  When I eat, I eat one food group at a time.  Unless I have mashed potatoes & peas; I like to mix them together.  Even when eating chunky soups or stews, I tend to pick out the chunks & eat one type of chunk at a time.  Back in my dating days a lifetime ago, I always dated one guy at a time.  I even obsess over my hobbies one hobby at a time.  I get on a reading kick & put down the knitting & read five or six books in a week.  When I took up running, I gave up knitting & spent my days preparing to run, running, cooling off from a run, reading about running..... And when I knit, I knit.  One project at a time.

If you want proof, take a look at my Christmas sock progress.  While trying to knit adulterously, it took me weeks to knit the first few inches.  I decided to go back to monogamous knitting & voila!  A whole sock.

How do you role?  Do you live adulterously or monogamously?

And an even better question, am I the only one slightly creeped out by mannequin parts?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun without yarn

I don't often have fun without yarn, but yesterday was an exception.  It was one of those miracle days that only seem to happen about once every 56 years.  My husband & I both had a work-free day.  On the same day!  And there were no plumbing or automotive issues to be deal with!  We actually had 20+ hours to enjoy each other's company.

We had no particular plans but knew we wanted to do something away from the house.  It was hot, humid & storms were predicted for the afternoon.  We decided not to bother heading towards the beach.  We decided we'd find a few winery's to tour but somehow in the process of searching them out online, the spouse ended up in the real estate section of Craigslist.  The river front section of the real estate section, to be exact.

Instead of touring winery's, we toured our future home site.

2.57 acres off a creek leading out to the Potomac River.

The pier permit is pending per the realtor, but Mike is standing where the pier would go.

The creek narrows considerably on the other side of what I'm already calling "our" property.   The land part of the property wasn't all that exciting to look at, but it's located at the end of the wide part of the creek & the house would sit facing out the creek & out into the river.

The neighbors are friendly.  This dog greeted us & hung out with us the whole time we were there.  I love the way he plopped down in the water.  I also love the way his butt fits perfectly in that spot. Sort of makes me wonder if that spot is naturally occurring or if he dug it out himself.

Now, if I can only convince the spouse that water front living is worth the extra 60 minutes he'd have to tack onto his daily commute....  Actually, it wouldn't even be an extra 60 minutes every day.  Depending on which area he was working in, some days it would save him about 45 minutes.  I really, really think we need to buy this land.  Besides, we've already sketched out the house we'd build & decided on what we'd name the dog we'd get to celebrate tidal water-front living.